Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Second update on situational response by SOS Childrens Villages

Report issued: 11 October 2005

As a first response, SOS Childrens Villages is transporting and distributing relief care packages as well as blankets and tents for more than 1,000 people in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, which was close to the earthquake's epicentre and has been completely destroyed. Each "relief care package" contains rations of dry food, milk and water to serve one family for two days. These were packaged by students from Islamabad who immediately volunteered for the job, working through the night.

"Goods can now be directly transported as a road to the affected area has been opened. We are now able to step up our emergency relief efforts considerably," said Souriya Anwar, President of SOS Children's Villages in Pakistan. A team of 20 SOS Children employees is currently coordinating the relief efforts directly in Muzaffarabad.

SOS Children will also be sending a team and emergency supplies to Bagh, another town close to the earthquake's epicentre and which has so far not been reached by authorities. In addition, emergency shelter will be provided in Islamabad for approximately 100 unaccompanied children and women, and collection points for the distribution of clothing will be established.

For more information your may reach SOS Children at 01223 365589 or send them an email.

Source: SOS Childrens Villages
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